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Episode 445: Church Planting in Cities


By NewChurches.com: In Episode 445 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss a city approach to church planting.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

The social and economic barriers faced in planting in a city
Why it’s important to intentionally and strategically build a diverse community

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

“When you think about planting in a city, you have the uber-wealthy, dual-income no kid families, single professionals, and the down and out who might be living there because of a shelter.” – @danielsangi
“People prefer to come to Christ without crossing social or economic barriers.” – @edstetzer
“To reach your neighborhood, you are going to be reaching across far more barriers than if you were in a more typical suburban church planting location.” – @edstetzer
“Church planters shouldn’t go in to a context and say I am going to reach the young, white, urban professionals who are moving into a gentrified neighborhood.” – @edstetzer
“Don’t be exclusive, but recognize that you probably are going to draw from a particular grouping, and as such you can intentionally seek to not let that group be the only group you engage.” – @edstetzer
“Most likely, the people who you attract at first are more like you, but then you continue to cast the vision to people who are not like you.” – @edstetzer
“If the people who show up are not as diverse as you had hoped, then keep intentionally, strategically building a more diverse community as you go.” – @edstetzer

Additional Resources:

Listen to Episode 443: Church Planting in Canada
Listen to The One Thing Podcast

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